Anyhow: (adv) 1. another term for anyway 2. in a careless or haphazard way (e.g.: the suitcases were flung anyhow)
There are three particular approaches I would like to see done away with simply because they’re frustrating if you’re trying to get something accomplished.
- The first is a phrase: “Is this good enough?”
If you have to ask, you already know it isn’t. You’re just begging to be released from the responsibility.
- The second is a gesture: the shrug.
When people don’t want to commit, share or open up, they use this nasty little shoulder lift to express their boredom or disdain.
- And the third is a word: “Whatever.”
It’s the definition of passive-aggressive. Whenever I hear it, I realize the speaker has a strong opinion against what I am doing, but apparently I am unworthy of discussion about the matter.
In fifty years this generation will be known as “the anyhow clump.”
Thinking that tape, band-aids and bubblegum are just as good building materials as nails, boards and screws, we have generated an atmosphere of potential mishap simply due to poor quality effort.
The reason we are afraid of terrorists is that we know how mediocre we are, and we figure that someone in the world is more efficient than us.
The comical thing is that the terrorists wake up every morning just as humanly lazy, and willing to keep their plans “in committee” as we are.
So what keeps us safe from the terrorists is the same thing that places us in danger from the terrorists.
It’s called “anyhow.”
We’re not concerned with excellence, but instead merely getting to the finish line, while not ruling out the option of cheating.
So if you’re around me, be careful of these three options. Because if you ask me if it’s “good enough,” I won’t even look. I’ll tell you no.
If you shrug your shoulders, I will turn on my heel, quietly walk out of the room and offer you my back side as an exit.
And if you are so presumptuous as to speak “whatever” in my presence, I will quickly cure you by providing a litany of reasons for “whatever.”
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